Summer’s on its way out, but there are still a couple months of warm enough weather to head out view the city from the water. A night on the Schooner Adirondack begins at Chelsea Piers, whose batting cages, basketball courts, soccer fields and driving range could easily fill the day before your cruise. Regardless how you pregame, you’ll meet the ship about 20-30 minutes prior to a 6:30pm sail on Pier 62.
Once you’re there, you’ll see the Schooner Adirondack. This 80 foot beauty of a wooden boat is painted white on the outside and left with dark-stained wood on the inside. Upon boarding, the curly blonde-haired Captain Andrew will give a light-hearted speech about safety and the plan for the evening.
The boat will motor out slowly into the middle of the river where it will, one by one, start opening up the sails. Grab a cozy seat on the middle or in a small square of benches in the aft, kick back and enjoy the ride. Some of Andrew’s assistants come around quickly and offer you the choice of red or white wine, or a craft beer. If you want to make this a dinner cruise, BYOF is totally accepted.
By the time you reach the Statue of Liberty, the turning around point, the sun will be sitting on the horizon with Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Lower Manhattan skyline all shining from the orange sky and reflective water. One more beer or wine for the cruise back to the dock, and you’ve enjoyed a pleasant sunset sail aboard the Schooner Adirondack.